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“So we spent about a day-and-a-half put­ting the (au­di­tion) video to­gether; I typed up an email and sent it and then for­got about it. I didn’t hold out a whole lot of hope that we’d get called, but lo and be­hold, we did get a call, and the rest is his­tory.”

The Hagues are one of nine two-per­son teams com­pet­ing in The Amaz­ing Race Canada, which takes place fully within this coun­try’s bor­ders and of­fers its win­ners a $250,000 cash prize, a pair of 2014 Corvette Stingrays and an op­por­tu­nity to travel free for a year, first class, to any­where Air Canada flies.

Hague says the fact he has made fit­ness a ma­jor part of his life dur­ing the past cou­ple of decades played a big part in his be­ing able to race de­spite his Parkin­son’s di­ag­no­sis.

“I’m very for­tu­nate,” Hague ex­plains. “About 20 years ago, I started run­ning and cy­cling. I’ve done one short triathlon, a full marathon and a bunch of half-marathons. And that has pre­served my well­be­ing; my neu­rol­o­gist tells me that ev­ery time I see him. Not only am I in bet­ter shape than most peo­ple with Parkin­son’s, I’m in bet­ter shape than most peo­ple, pe­riod. And that is the rea­son I’m do­ing as well as I am.

“I’m not on any meds; I can do pretty much what­ever I want. I can’t run as fast as I used to, but that may have more to do with be­ing closer to 50 than 20. I’m in great shape com­pared to most peo­ple, and it has been pointed out to me over and over that that is a re­sult of 20 years of hard ex­er­cise.”

That said, Hague ad­mits that the dis­ease was a con­sid­er­a­tion for him and Tim Jr. through­out their Amaz­ing Race ex­pe­ri­ence.

“It was a fac­tor in the race, ab­so­lutely,” he says. “I get tired; I get bru­tally tired — that’s the No. 1 thing I deal with. And when I get tired, it throws my emo­tions off and I can ex­pe­ri­ence these huge emo­tional swings when I’m ex­hausted.

“So I knew go­ing in that I had to stay rested, be­cause it re­ally wears me down. The fa­tigue gets worse, the stiff­ness gets worse, and I just can’t func­tion right. So we worked hard at mak­ing sure I got down time — when we were down, we did noth­ing ex­cept rest and eat — and we sur­vived it.”

Hague says he hopes his in­volve­ment in The Amaz­ing Race Canada will raise aware­ness and funds for the fight against Parkin­son’s — in ad­di­tion to the weekly CTV series, their Race ex­ploits will be high­lighted on Face­book, Twit­ter (@tim­timeARC) and YouTube.

“I’m also do­ing the Parkin­son Su­perWalk on Sept. 7, which is to raise money for re­search to­wards a cure,” he adds, “so peo­ple can visit the web­site and sup­port me.”

Hague says Cana­di­ans should be proud, rather than con­cerned or skep­ti­cal, about CTV’s de­ci­sion to re­strict the Canuck ver­sion of The Amaz­ing Race to do­mes­tic des­ti­na­tions only.

“I grew up in the States; I’ve lived here for 24 years,” he says. “Cana­di­ans need to get their heads around the fact that this is a phe­nom­e­nal coun­try. I guar­an­tee you Cana­di­ans are go­ing to be im­pressed by what they see; to think that we will spend up­wards of 10 episodes show­cas­ing this coun­try is ab­so­lutely amaz­ing in and of it­self.

“We should be fun­da­men­tally proud that any­body would take the time to show off Canada like this. I don’t care if their orig­i­nal rea­sons were bud­get or otherwise; this is a trib­ute to Canada that ev­ery Cana­dian should fully ap­pre­ci­ate.”

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